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Managing Addiction: A Framework for Successful Treatment

University of Adelaide via edX


Addiction is such a common problem today that people experiencing alcohol, nicotine or other drug problems present in many different healthcare settings. The challenge of linking people experiencing addiction to the right response is a serious one, and much depends on understanding addiction and recognising the role that we all play in the pathway to recovery.

This course is intended to help you meet this challenge by increasing your understanding of the biology of addiction and the available treatment options in the different stages of the recovery journey.

Key questions we will look at in this course include:

  • When do we call “excessive use” addiction?
  • Why is it so difficult to change addictive behaviour?
  • Who can play a role to get people on the track to recovery?
  • How do you respond to people with mild to moderate problems?
  • How can you assess and increase motivation to change?
  • What sort of interventions can support a person experiencing severe addiction?
  • What is my role as a professional, either within or outside of addiction care?
  • How can I identify the best of the many options available?
  • What are hurdles to get the right support to manage addiction around the world?

This course explores the “Recovery Pathway,” an easy-to-use framework for helping people with addiction move successfully from addiction to recovery. It helps plan a pathway through screening and assessment, to withdrawal and long-term relapse prevention. The course will examine a range of psychosocial interventions and medication-assisted treatments. You will review the biological basis of behaviour and treatment related to the stage of recovery, as well as evidence-based and service delivery considerations. This course is an ideal starting-point for healthcare professionals who want to get to grips with effective approaches to treating addiction.

If this MOOC topic is of interest to you, there are a number of University of Adelaide programs which may be of interest. You can find these listed here. Please note that MOOCs are intended to give a taster to University of Adelaide study but do not amount to credit into University courses

Taught by

Abdallah Salem, Robert Ali, Linda Gowing and Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlma


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  • I cannot actually rate this course, but its an offering to helping the world work with one of societies largest problems. Any course that helps people with this kind of an issue is in demand and I am sure that is a top rated course in todays world.

    I am interested in this course as well.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a psychology student, I found the course interesting and useful. It gives you a good idea about the basics of managing addiction. I learned a lot about the stages of recovery, the effect of different drugs, ways to treat addiction, problems during withdrawal, etc. Also, I really liked the case studies and the interactive boards.
  • Taniyah M Englett

    Taniyah M Englett completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Tobacco is very heartful, I know that people think that it helps them to relieve stress and feel better about themselves, But it really doesn't, It just helps have less healthy and happy life and you could hurt all of the people that love you and care about you more than you could imagine.It also messes with your brain and can cause you to lose alot of money per year.Research shows that non-smokers have a lot more money than what they would have if they did smoke. It doesn't take but one puff,chew,or dip it doesn't take more than 30 or 40 seconds to travel to your brain cells and cause addiction and want more and more all the time.So be smart and don't start.
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